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Three Christs (2020)

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Critic Consensus: Three Christs is far from an unholy mess, but this fact-based drama forsakes its talented cast with a disappointingly facile treatment of genuinely interesting themes.

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In 1959, psychiatrist Dr. Alan Stone (Richard Gere) arrives at a mental hospital in Ypsilanti, Michigan armed with the radical belief that schizophrenic patients should be treated not with confinement and electroshock therapy but with empathy and understanding. As his first study, he takes on the particularly challenging case of three men-Joseph (Peter Dinklage), Leon (Walton Goggins), and Clyde (Bradley Whitford)-each of whom believes they are Jesus Christ. Hoping that by getting them together in the same room to confront their delusions he can break through to them, Dr. Stone begins a risky, unprecedented experiment that will push the boundaries of psychiatric medicine and leave everyone involved-including Dr. Stone himself-profoundly changed. Based on a remarkable true story, Three Christs is a fascinating and moving look at one man's journey into the deepest mysteries of the human mind.

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These are all tremendous, longtime character actors who really get the chance to sink their teeth into this meaty work... [But] it takes a turn from which it never recovers.

January 10, 2020 | Full Review…

The movie may be too understated and inert for its own good, but the actors are uniformly exemplary.

January 10, 2020 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
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Three Christs opts in for frustratingly broad characters that feel like half-considered caricatures, while Jeff Russo's sentimental, strings-heavy score flattens whatever modest edge the movie might have had.

January 10, 2020 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

As if it weren't bad enough that "Three Christs" were boring, it's impossible to believe, and for that, there is no cure.

January 10, 2020 | Full Review…

Like the original experiment, this film fails when it tries to impose a conclusion, rather than letting its meaning reveal itself naturally.

January 9, 2020 | Full Review…

The director, Jon Avnet, who wrote the script with Eric Nazarian, succeeds in keeping the movie watchable in spite of its contrivances.

January 9, 2020 | Full Review…

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